Class of 2017

One of the most recognizable public address voices in the game, Chuck Morgan is in his 35th year in professional baseball. The longtime Rangers employee serves as the club's public address announcer and oversees all scoreboard and video production for all Rangers home games. He has been with the Rangers for 30 of the last 31 seasons beginning with the 1983 campaign.

Morgan has announced the starting lineups for 2,411 consecutive Major League Baseball games. He has not missed a home game since he began working at the Rangers 30 years ago.

With the Rangers, Morgan has been responsible for the creation of the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame, the Texas Rangers FanFest, and the Rangers' mascot. He is credited with the creation of the "Dot Race" and the Texas Legends Dash at Rangers home games. He was coordinator for All-Star Workout Day and Home Run Derby for Major League Baseball's 1995 All-Star Game at Rangers Ballpark In Arlington.

In addition to his tenure with the Rangers, Morgan has also worked for the Kansas City Royals (2002) and Nashville Sounds (1978-1980). For six years, he was the public address announcer on Major League Baseball video games for Microsoft's X-Box, Sony Playstation 2 and Nintendo's GameCube.

While in Nashville, he was an announcer at The Grand Ole Opry, hosted several nationally syndicated radio and television shows, was a television sports anchor and made several "cornfield" appearances on Hee Haw.

In 1982, he was named the Country Music Association's Major Market Disc Jockey of the Year. In 2001 and 2003, he was named by The Sporting News as the best public address announcer in Major League Baseball.

Company Name: Texas Rangers

Past Affiliations: Kansas City Royals 2002 

Special Events: 1995 MLB All-Star Game; 2010 & 2011 World Series

Achievements / Innovations: See above narrative

Major Milestones: See above narrative 

Honors / Awards: See above narrative

Industry Affiliations: Texas Rangers (1983-2001, 2003-2014); Kansas City Royals (2002); Nashville Sound (1978-1980); Voice of The Grand Old Opry

Way Nominee has Helped to Further the Industry: See above narrative

Years of IDEA Membership: Not sure, but attended early events, even before the "official" IDEA.
Years in the Industry: 35 Years

Character Beyond Reproach: Chuck is an exemplary leader and has impeccable character.  He has one of the biggest hearts for people that I've ever seen and he cares about our industry very much.  He is ingrained in the community of the Dallas area and is beloved by Rangers fans across the country.

Special Consideration:

Nominated by: Chris DeRuyscher, Texas Rangers